Season’s topic

Season’s topic- Cherry blossom in citrus grove (2021-03-13)

Spring is coming. Early-blossom varieties of cherry have started to bloom.   One day in this week, Webmaster had a walk to citrus groves in the hillside of his home town. Most of the deciduous trees do not bud yet.   The season of mandarin oranges, which is the most popular and most produced, has finished already, but some other… Read more →

Season’s topic – The memorial day of Horishima (2020-08-06)

6th August is the memorial day of Hiroshima on which the atomic bomb was exploded 75 years ago, at 8:15AM of 6th August 1945. (Wikipedia)   Some 350 thousands people lived in Hiroshima City at that time. 80 thousands were killed directly by the explosion, and 140 thousands had died until the end of the year by the acute symptom… Read more →

Season’s topic – Amagaeru Frogs (2020-07-21)

It’s still in rainy season in the central part of Japan. Rice plants are growing up well.     When having a walk after the rain this morning, Webmaster encountered many frogs resting on leaves at the riverside of a stream.     Those are amagaeru frogs (Hylinae japonica), the commonest frog in Japan.   Well grown individuals become more… Read more →

Season’s topic – Children’s day and kashiwamochi rice cake (2020-04-26)

  5th May is the Children’s Day in Japan. It’s national holiday. A family with children (boys) puts up koinobori – carp-shaped streamers – in their garden this day wishing the boys can be strong and courageous as carp. (Traditionally in Japan, carp is the symbol of vigor and vitality.) Of course, today, we celebrate this day for both boys… Read more →

Season’s topic – Wild Hydrangea (2019-08-23)

Webmaster found a wild hydrangea “tama-ajisai (Hydrangea involucrate)” in Hakone.   The buds on top of sprays. Its name “tama” means a ball because of the shape of the bud.     It starts to bloom.       Now in Bloom. End. Read more →

Season’s topic “Hydrangea” (2018-06-10)

It’s rainy season now in Japan. The typical flower of the rainy season is hydrangea, which is planted in many parks and gardens all over the country.       Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) is common indigenous shrub in Japan.     Now, many horticultural varieties have been developed.                        … Read more →

Spot report – Kawazu-zakura Cherry blossom (2018-03-10)

Japan’s climate differs from region to region. While it’s snowing in the northern region, the spring herald has appeared in the south already.     Webmaster visited Kawazu Town last week which is famous for Kawazu-zakura. Kawazu-zakura is an early blossom variety of cherry which starts blooming about a month earlier than common cherry.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:46) Atami… Read more →

Season’s topic – Chrysanthemum (2017-11-04)

Chrysanthemum is one of popular horticultural flowers in Japan. Many varieties have been developed in the history. Even today, many chrysanthemum lovers grow it and exhibitions are held in many places this time.   Webmaster visited Odawara Castle this week for one of the exhibitions. Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:37) Odawara (walk 0:10) @       It was fine today… Read more →